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30th Annual Convention; Boston, MA; 2004

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Invited Paper Session #348
CE Offered: None

A Unified Protocol for Emotional Disorders with Behavioral Analytic Considerations

Monday, May 31, 2004
1:30 PM–2:20 PM
Conference Room 2
Area: CBM; Domain: Applied Research
CE Instructor: David H. Barlow, Ph.D.
Chair: Lisa Coyne (University of Mississipppi)
DAVID H. BARLOW (Boston University)
Dr. David H. Barlow received his PhD from the University of Vermont in 1969 and has published over 450 articles and chapters and over 20 books, mostly in the area of anxiety disorders, sexual problems, and clinical research methodology. He is formerly Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at Brown University and founded clinical psychology internships in both settings. He was also Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University at Albany, State University of New York. Currently, he is Professor of Psychology, Research Professor of Psychiatry, Director of Clinical Training Programs, and Director of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University. Dr. Barlow is the recipient of the 2000 American Psychological Association (APA) Distinguished Scientific Award for the Applications of Psychology. He is also the recipient of the First Annual Science Dissemination Award from the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology of the APA; and recipient of the 2000 Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award from the Society of Clinical Psychology of the APA. He also received an award in appreciation of outstanding achievements from the General Hospital of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, Beijing, China, with an appointment as Honorary Visiting Professor of Clinical Psychology. During the 1997/1998 academic year, he was Fritz Redlich Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences, in Palo Alto, California. Other awards include Career Contribution Awards from Massachusetts and California Psychological Associations; The First Graduate Alumni Scholar Award from the Graduate College, The University of Vermont; The Masters and Johnson Award, from the Society for Sex Therapy and Research; G. Stanley Hall Lectureship, American Psychological Association Annual Convention; A certificate of appreciation for contributions to women in clinical psychology from Section IV of Division 12, the Clinical Psychology of Women; and a MERIT award from the National Institute of Mental Health for long term contributions to the clinical research effort. He is Past-President of the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, Past-Associate Editor of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Past-Editor of the journals Behavior Therapy and Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. Currently, he is Editor of the journal Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice. He was also Chair of the American Psychological Association Task Force of Psychological Intervention Guidelines, was a member of the DSM-IV Task Force of the American Psychiatric Association, and was a Co-Chair of the Work Group for revising the anxiety disorder categories. He is also a Diplomat in Clinical Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology and maintains a private practice.

In the 1970s and 1980s, approaches to anxiety disorders concentrated on reducing arousal and overt avoidance behavior. In the 1980s, innovations in psychological treatments focused on psychopathology specific to each disorder, such as panic attacks in panic disorder, directly utilizing interoceptive exposure tailored to the individual based on behavioral assessment to counter avoidance of somatic cues; the worry process itself in GAD conceptualized as an avoidance of negative affect; and depressive cognitions in depression. These psychological treatments were organized into therapeutic manuals. Now we have developed a modular approach directed at the core features of all anxiety and related emotional disorders such that existing treatments can be reduced to one strategic approach that varies based only on individual functional analysis. This treatment, now undergoing evaluation, focuses on: psychoeducation and antecedent cognitive reappraisal to regulate emotion based distortions; the prevention of behavioral, cognitive, and emotional avoidance; and enhancing opposite action tendencies through provocative interoceptive and exteroceptive emotional exposure-based procedures, focusing particularly on appropriate emotional expression.




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